Steve Carell gave “The Office” fans a mini heart attack Saturday night by teasing a possible reboot of the famous sitcom.
Carell returned to host this week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” for the third time, prompting an “Office” reunion and much speculation that the show would be coming back to the small screen after more than five years.
During his opening monologue, the comedian was interrupted by an audience member who asked, “Will you ever reboot ‘The Office.'” Cast member Kenan Thompson added, “I also think that you should.'”
Carell, who famously played Michael Scott on the beloved show, shut down the inquiry: “It was a great experience, I love all of those people but I just don’t think it’s the best idea…I don’t think it would be as good this time around.”
Those people he loves so much – fellow co-stars Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms and Jenna Fischer – started to emerge from the studio audience with some questions of their own.
“People would really love to see an ‘Office” reboot,” Kemper (who played Erin Hannon) said to much applause. “Especially because I need that money, let’s get that money Steve.”
Helms, who portrayed Andy Bernard, poked fun at Carell’s dabbles in more serious roles: “I just don’t think you understand how much money we’re talking about. Like you wouldn’t have to do those sad movies anymore.”
Fischer reminded Carell of the last words her character Pam Beesly “secretly whispered” to his character Scott as she left for Denver. “She said, ‘Steve don’t be a (expletive), do the reboot’…Let’s just do the damn thing.”